While the whole world is raising up against racism, graffiti writers are contributing to the cause with art of street. They have joined movements such as #Blacklivematters or #justiceforgeorgefloyd in order to illustrate this brutal attack in the North American society.
Today’s article is an open letter written and signed by all Cooltourspain team members. We wanted to share with the urban art community our sorrow and condolences to those who have ever suffered from discrimination.
The art of street and its powerful tool.
One of the clearests ideas behind graffiti is to fight against unfairness. To us, this is the real war that we all have to fight in the XXI century. It doesn’t matter if you are an amateur or a professional writer, but what’s sure is that you’ll share an open minded philosophy. You’ll respect everybody equally.
The following images from several facebook accounts illustrate people’s love from all over the world. If you know the artist please make sure you write a comment in our blog. We’ll tag them accordingly.
Why was George Floyd’s death unfair?
According to CNN, it has been proved that Mr. Floyd died because of police brutality. The independent autopsy made on his body shows that “asphyxiation from sustained pressure” was the cause of his death.
In other words, the police officers who arrested him could be charged with homicide. Why did they act that way? What kind of human being are you to treat someone else like that?
‘I can’t breathe’ graffiti & urban art artworks
Artists from all over the world have contributed with their art to illustrate George FLoyd’s unjustice. They used his image to portrait their hate to racism. We are all one community united. There shouldn’t exist any difference between us.
- Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun painted on a column in Binnish, on the northwestern Idlib province.
- Spain based artist TV Boy also developed one of his famous stencils in Barcelona streets.
- Berlin based graffiti crew 1UP. They painted a whole car with the quote “Please, I can’t breathe”. Those were George’s last words before dying.
How does Cooltourspain observe the art of street?
Similarly to what happens with many other political currents, citizens use spray paint as a powerful tool to create messages. They refer to social injustice. Although not everybody likes those quotes, they could have an important impact into people’s minds.
We observe art of street as a key channel to talk about what’s happening in the world. Moreover, several graffiti illustrations spread the same meaning: PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity & Respect)
Say no to racism!
How can we teach our children the importance of not being racist when we still observe in 2020 that people are not being treated equally? It’s necessary to not only make them understand that we were all born in the same conditions, but also to make them stand for what’s not right.
We have observed how people in the United States, France, England, Spain and many more countries are demonstrating against cruelty! We need to fight for our rights, and let the others know that a better world is possible.
Last but not least, we are opened to modify this article and include yours if you send us your picture to info@cooltourspain. Share your talent with the global street art community.